The ‘Son of God’ movie was released last weekend. I was semi-interested in the conversation surrounding its release but with a trip to the East coast for family stuff and being off the internet most of time, I watched it all from a distance.
The previous week I had been up in the desert to visit a secret location of a major motion picture set about a movie involving Jesus (that is all I can say at this point). We got to talk to the big-time actor who is playing Jesus and to the writer/director who’s ideas about Jesus were some of the most interesting I have heard in a while.
Reading the script ahead of the visit to the set really hit a nerve with me – I often talk, when I preach, about the importance of both how we imagine Jesus and how we image Jesus. [note to progressive & liberal readers: if you don't think that is a big deal, hang out after the sermon with me sometime and listen to the concerns]
I happen to be reading the script at the same time as I was preparing a series for the Loft LA called ‘A Different View of the Cross”. We are going to take the 5 weeks of Lent and explore different atonement theories that have come up through history.
It would be an under-statement to say that I have over-prepared for this series.
When you put these four things together (national movie release, reading a new screenplay, preparing a lenten series, and putting out the Welker podcast) that is a lot of Jesus – even for me.
What I thought might be fun would be to throw this out on a Friday night and see what kind of conversation might develop over the weekend.
Here are three questions:
- Did you see the ‘Son of God’ movie and what did you think?
- If you are not planning on seeing it, why?
- Why do you think there are so many Bible themed movies coming out this year? (Noah, Moses, Left Behind, etc.)
I would love to hear your thoughts!